Losers of 7 in a row, Anaheim sits last in NHL's Western Conference
The Ducks on Sunday fired head coach Randy Carlyle with the team in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. General manager Bob Murray will step behind the bench on an interim basis for the balance of the regular season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) comments
The Anaheim Ducks, who have dropped seven consecutive games, fired head coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday.
The NHL team also announced Bob Murray as his replacement on an interim basis for the balance of the regular season.
"Leading the team to a Stanley Cup [in 2007] and three conference final appearances [in 2006, 2007 and 2017], he has accomplished so much in Anaheim," Murray said of the 62-year-old bench boss in a statement. "Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable.
"We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that."
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The Ducks entered play Sunday in last place in the Western Conference with a 21-26-9 record, having lost 19 times in a 21-game stretch.
The 62-year-old Carlyle, who was born in Sudbury, Ont., guided Anaheim to the playoffs in seven of his eight full seasons with the team and leaves with a regular-season record of 384-256-96.
Carlyle, who was fired as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in January 2015, broke into the NHL with the team as a player in the 1976-77 season and went on to play for Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. He is the only person in league history to reach 1,000 games as a player and serve as head coach for 900-plus contests.
The 64-year-old Murray, who hails from Kingston, Ont., is a three-time finalist for NHL GM of the year and won in 2014. He is the longest-tenured and winningest GM in Ducks history with 445 victories in 825 games.
He is signed through 2022 after agreeing to a two-year contract extension on Dec. 8.